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post #1 of 11 Old 01-23-2012, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Views on bitless bridles..?

I am concidering using bitless bridles on our two cobs & would love to hear from anyone who's use them & has any views good or bad about them..
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-23-2012, 06:22 PM
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Iv only rode a horse once or twice in a bitless bridle but my trainer used to have to ride his mare in one all the time. She was a nightmare, it didnt matter if you used a rubber snaffle rapped in cotton wool shed throw her head around and take of.. was not a happy horse! I couldnt believe the change in her when he put hr in a hackamore. She was a totally different horse, rode beautiful. I would note that my trainer was very experienced and had used one before, so if its your first time using a bitless bridle id get some1 to show you first, because they can be tricky to get the hang of to ride in and also making sure it is fitted correctly..
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-23-2012, 07:02 PM
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They can be good or bad. Depends on how you use them. I ride bitless. I'm sure my horse prefers it
Make sure you get your horse responding to it on the ground before you ride him in one.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-24-2012, 12:15 PM
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My girl is better in a bitless than with a bit. I didn't start using a bit until after I had her wolf teeth pulled. I figure that she's used to being led around in a halter and a bitless bridle wasn't too terribly different. I'm still looking for the perfect bitless bridle since the one I have is too loose around the nose and will rub her raw. I have to wrap the nose band to protect her nose.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-24-2012, 12:53 PM
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I ride in a hackamore. Guess I can't say if it's good or bad. It's just what he rides in. I ride the mare with a bit. Different things for different horses I guess.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-24-2012, 12:58 PM
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We have a Dr. Cook's that we have used on DD's TB mare. She goes very nicely in it. She also knows the bit and is currently being ridden bitted. I have not yet tried it on my Yahzi.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-24-2012, 01:11 PM
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I am transitioning to a hackamore. I have to get Sam's teeth floated and until I do I don't want to ride him with a bit. Sad to say, it took me several weeks of bit experimenting before I could fully confirm he needed to have them floated. During that time I moved him from one bit style to another trying to find a comfortable bit for him. He was constantly shaking his head and his tongue was hanging out.

After several weeks of putting fingers into his mouth we were finally able to confirm it was teeth and not behavioral.

I explained all that because Sunday was his first time in the hackamore and he was completely reversed. He was a participant during the training and kept his mouth shut tongue inside his mouth the entire training session.

I could tell he was engaging in the training and even his gait felt smoother.

Frankly, up until I read the posting about Mechanical Hackamore's and the dangers they present, I was thinking I would not move back to a bit after his teeth are floated.

The postings in that thread scurred me.

It will be interesting to find out where I end up. I like the ease with putting the hackamore on. I always thought a bitless bridle was more humane, but after some of the postings on this subject it appears to be quite the opposite.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-24-2012, 08:14 PM
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I haven't used a bit on any of my horses since the late 70's. Not sure I'm qualified to comment, because I'll even just use a halter or if their trained (neck reining) sometimes just loop a line under their neck for riding around the pasture or farm.

Love bitless for a variety of reasons and doubt that my horses mine not having a bit :))
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-24-2012, 08:50 PM
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I like it if it works for the horse. We used to have a mare that was great in the bitless.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-25-2012, 09:49 AM
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It really depends on the horse and your personal preference. I use hackamores on all my horses just because that's what's we have always used.

I've heard people saying they use them because they don't want to jerk on the horses mouth, that may be true but I think it's important to note that a rough rider can hurt a horse in a hackamore or other bitless bridle just as easy as they could with a bit. I've heard of rare (thankfully) cases where riders have crushed the nasal cavity from being so rough.

Obviously I'm sure you wouldn't be that rough with your horses but bitless bridles in my opinion, are just as effective as bits, you just have to keep in mind that what may work for one horse may be a disaster for another.

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